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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and Gothic Vampire Film, 18 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Brides Of Dracula [1960] [DVD] (DVD)
The highpoint of Hammer was definitely the 50s into the 60s the best come from those periods (Dracula, The Mummy, Devil Rides Out, Plague of the Zombies etc) and Brides of Dracula definitely ranks with the best of the period. The film is atmospherically directed by Terence Fisher following a woman who arrives at a Vampire's castle unaware of the danger that lurks there and setting the evil free. Even though the name Dracula is mentioned in the title unfortunately Christopher Lee does not make an appearance but David Peel handles the vampire role successfully. Peter Cushing returns as the reassuring Van Helsing the element of good in the film. Like most Hammer Films, Brides of Dracula delivers horror entertainment dripping with atmosphere from the Golden Age of Horror, highlights would be Terence Fisher's direction and the memorable windmill climax. In regards to the complaints about this DVD not being in it's original aspect ratio, this may bother the obsessive puritan but to me I was fine with large 4:3 ratio which boasts a brilliant transfer which looks remastered and no way distorted.
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Initial post: 18 Aug 2012 06:47:49 BDT
Adrian Drew says:
It does not mean you are an "obsessive Puritan" if you respect the Director's intent by wishing to see a film in its correct ratio.

Posted on 18 Aug 2012 11:44:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Aug 2012 12:09:41 BDT
Joseph says:
The Director intention was not to present the film in it's "correct ratio" his intention was to show a good film with horror and atmosphere, I doubt he cared what ratio the film was presented in. I've seen the sheer amount of negative reviews calling this DVD "cropped" "rubbish" "T.V print" which are dishonest, this film boasts a brilliant transfer. Someone is an obsessive puritan if they have nothing better to do than moan about the aspect ratio. I'd agree with the reviewers if they had a valid moan like "a bad transfer" "small screen" or "bad mono" but this is perfect DVD release that is unfairly abused by reviewers.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 12:39:02 BDT
Adrian Drew says:
Your views seem to indicate a total lack of: understanding of film production; the care film-makers take in producing their work; the importance of framing; and the passion (not "obsessive puritanism") of the many film fans who really do care about cinema. Why you feel the need to become so obsessed and assertive yourself with this issue (defending mediocrity) is possibly even more questionable than the totally understandable reservations of virtually every other person who has produced a review. Terence Fisher ( the film's director) cared deeply about all these elements - as did Mike Reeves, Roy Ward Baker - Peter Sasdy - Robert Young - Lewis Gilbert - Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt etc etc. I know - because I knew them all. Over and out...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 14:09:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2012 10:25:54 BDT
Joseph says:
On the contrary it is you who is assertive and aggressive with your views and opinions and have a problem that I have mine. It is you who is "defending mediocrity" by moaning about the aspect ratio when the company has released a beautiful transfer that does not in any way distort the film, oh and my sorry I'm not part of your, " film fans who really do care about cinema" maybe it's because cinema for me is not trivia and the aspect ratio. It's about what films have to tell or evoke, in the case of Brides of Dracula it would be the beautiful direction, sets, atmosphere, acting and the period it evokes. I'm not obsessed with the production of the film; I'm interested in the film itself.

Posted on 28 May 2013 00:31:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2013 00:34:24 BDT
DH Dixon says:
When I saw this broadcast on TV some time ago there was plenty of room around the actors heads on my widescreen TV. However when I played my copy of this print there wasn't this room and the tops of their heads were frequently cropped. It would seem to me that the print here has been cropped at the ends, left and right.
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